Mitel expands into Wi-Fi handsetsMitel Networks is expanding into the Wi-Fi handset business and has inked an agreement to sell Wi-Fi handsets from SpectaLink Corp. Mitel will offer its customers SpectraLink’s NetLink Wireless Telephones, which have incorporated key Mitel technology.SpectraLink licensed Mitel’s MiNET protocol which will ensure interoperability between the Wi-Fi handsets and Mitel’s SX-2000 PBX and 3300 Integrated Communications Platform. “NetLink wireless telephones allow for converged mobile voice and data communications on a single wireless infrastructure by operating as client devices on 802.11b wireless LANs,” reads a September 14 news release. Wavesat to have WiMAX devices ready next monthMontreal-based Wavesat Wireless Inc. has announced that it will have its WiMAX chipsets and subscriber reference designs available by October. The company says in a September 14 news release that design on its WiMAX DM256 chip was completed and transferred to its manufacturer, Amtel Corp. “Sensing that WiMAX was quickly emerging as the de facto standard for the next generation of BX (broadband wireless) products, more than 30 customers have already bought Wavesat development kits (DKs) in the last 10 months. These system manufacturers will be the first ones to have WiMAX-certifiable systems as early as Q1 2005,” reads the release. WaveRider expands product familyWaveRider Communications Inc., Toronto, has introduced its latest broadband wireless product, the NCL 5000. Operating in the 5.8 GHz band, the series of bridges and routers offer WaveRider customers an “affordable high-bandwidth backhaul and enterprise connectivity solution for their wireless networks,” reads a news release. It offers data throughput speeds up to 72 Mbps.The new equipment stems from the company’s agreement with Wavesat Wireless Inc. earlier this year. Wavesat is helping WaveRider develop a new line of gear with higher bandwidth capabilities (RoW, June 11/04). “The NCL Series provide a cost-effective solution for telecommunications companies to reach new subscriber areas and with a range of up to 20 miles is an alternative to T1 connections,” continues the release. Psion Teklogix inks distribution agreements, releases RFID development kitPsion Teklogix has inked North American distribution agreements with TechData Corp. and EMJ Data Systems, and the three companies have also announced an RFID development kit, Psion Teklogix announced on September 13. The development kit will allow the companies’ respective customers to deploy RFID technology into their operations. An email to Report on Wireless reads: “This flexible RFID solution is EPC-compliant to address the guidelines set out by Wal-Mart and the Department of Defence (DoD), though it can also be valuable for customers deploying non-EPC closed-loop RFID systems.” Tech Data will distribute Psion Teklogix’ equipment in the U.S. market, while EMJ has the rights to the Canadian market. Mitec Telecom releases lower than expected revenueMontreal-based Mitec Telecom Inc. released weaker-than-expected first quarter revenue for the period ended July 31. Revenue in Q1 2005 was substantially lower, dropping to $11.4 million from $18.8 million reported in the first quarter of last year. Net loss for the quarter amounted to $5.7 million compared to $928,000 in the same period last year. “We regard the revenue shortfall as an anomaly and entirely inconsistent with the performance levels we have achieved over the past eight quarters…In the second quarter of this fiscal year, we fully expect Mitec to return to traditional levels of business,” president and CEO Rajiv Pancholy said in a news release. SkyWave introduces new Inmarsat terminalsOttawa-based SkyWave Mobile Communications has introduced two new Inmarsat D+ satellite terminals. The DMR200D and the DMR200L provide better integration of remote monitoring and control functions. They also offer improved signal coverage for low-elevation and marine applications. The company has extensive experience in this area, with its products having been deployed in the market since 1997 and in some of the world’s harshest environments. “The SkyWave DMR200 has proven to be consistently reliable in the most hostile environments,” says Julian Longson, VP of business development at Pole Star, a SkyWave solutions provider in a news release. INTERNATIONAL NEWSMcCain proposal shot down in Senate committeeA proposal by Senator John McCain was shot down last week when the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee amended the Spectrum Availability for Emergency Response and Law Enforcement to Improve Vital Emergency Services Act. McCain introduced the bill to force broadcasters to give back all their analog TV spectrum by Jan. 1, 2009. Some of the spectrum would go to emergency workers, with the rest being auctioned to telecommunications companies. However, any hope of that becoming reality was gutted by Senators Conrad Burns and Ernest Hollings. They introduced an amendment proposing to eliminate the 2009 deadline and would also only require broadcasters to give up 6 MHz of their spectrum. Under the amendment, which the committee passed 13-9, the broadcasters wouldn’t be required to give up any spectrum in a particular market if the Federal Communications Commission deemed giving up the spectrum would cause consumer disruption. Read the full article in Wired.